Craig youth wrestlers move on to Rocky Mountain state meet after rocking regionals |

Craig youth wrestlers move on to Rocky Mountain state meet after rocking regionals

Craig Middle School's Billy Lawton remains in control during a home meet. Lawton, Alex Reno, Orion Musser and Kolten Vasquez were among the Craig wrestlers who placed first in their weights during a regional tournament in Montrose.
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Craig wrestling results from Rocky Mountain Nationals Region 5 Tournament

Weight class, Wrestler — Placement; meet recordCraig Middle School

80, Noah Duran — 6th; 2-3

85, Colt Call — 5th; 3-2

95, Brody Wiser — 3rd; 5-1

95, Kaleb Duzik; 1-2

100, Ryan Booker; 1-2

105, Tyren Schaefer — 8th; 2-3

140, Memphis Herndon — 7th; 2-2

155, Billy Lawton — 1st; 2-0

160, Blake Hill — 2nd; 2-1

285, Alex Reno — 1st; 2-0

Bad Dogs Elite Wrestling• Second- and third-grade

78, Chance Hixson — 2nd; 0-2

• Fourth- and fifth-grade

61, Carter Duzik; 0-2

89, Koy Weber — 4th; 1-2

100, Orion Musser — 1st; 2-0

113, Kolten Vasquez — 1st; 2-0

• Middle school

90, Kolbee West; 0-2

90, Kaden Hixson — 3rd; 4-2

105, Zach Hedman; 1-2

130, Cyrus Goldsmith — 7th; 1-2

Independent• Fourth- and fifth-grade

61, Blake Peed; 0-2

There was no dogging it for Craig wrestlers as they took the next big step of the spring season Saturday.

Grapplers representing Craig Middle School and Bad Dogs Elite Wrestling are on their way to state following a successful day at Rocky Mountain Nationals‘ Region 5 Tournament in Montrose, with four kids ending the event as champions and many more placing.

After ending the regular season as district runners-up a week earlier, CMS athletes moved beyond the school schedule as Billy Lawton and Alex Reno claimed first place regional honors through RMN.

Lawton continued a year that has been pure gold — including a district title — with only one opponent in the 152-pound weight class, pinning Olathe’s Kalob Archibeque twice.

Reno, who earned second place in Meeker during districts, was likewise in a sparse bracket among the middle school heavyweights. He took two falls against East Grand’s Jacob Barr to stay No. 1 on the day, the first of which he gained after only 51 seconds.

Though the season is coming to the end for CMS, Bad Dogs Elite Wrestling is just getting going, and a pair of the youth grapplers placed first in Montrose.

In the fourth- and fifth-grade division, Bad Dogs Orion Musser (100) and Kolten Vasquez (113) each had a 2-0 run; Musser earned a 7-0 decision and a pin, while Vasquez took a pin to start followed by a 14-2 major decision.

Apart from the four champs, Craig boasted 10 more athletes who placed.

After achieving wins at districts, Blake Hill (160) started the day pinning Meeker’s Judd Harvey, only to get taken down by Bryson Tweten-Duke of Mount Garfield in the finals. Hill retained the silver when he was paired again in the second-place match against Harvey, winning by rule.

As the youngest of the Bad Dogs in Montrose, Chance Hixson was paired twice with Dove Creek’s Kycen Gritz, taking second.

Kaden Hixson competed for the Bad Dogs after gaining a district win for CMS, ultimately taking third in the RMN tourney. A 27-second fall and 14-0 began his run before he took a 6-4 defeat to Gunnison’s Royce Uhrig in the semifinals. Two more pins later, he had the bronze guaranteed and might have had a shot at second, though with Uhrig losing the gold, the by-rule format kept him at third in the 90-pound class.

CMS’s Brody Wiser (95) also finished as No. 3 with more matches than any Craig kid at 5-1. A 6-1 win versus Tayton Nelseon of Cedaredge was followed by a 7-5 loss to Meeker’s Trae Kennedy. From there, Wiser gained four pins as the terror of the consolation rounds.

Taking fourth for the day was Bad Dog Koy Weber, who had trouble later in the day, including a last-second tiebreaker in the semis of the 89 class, nonetheless starting with a fall against Cedaredge’s Logan Stillings.

In fifth was CMS’s Colt Call, going 3-2, complete with a 39-second pin, and decisions of 5-3 and 9-6 among his victories at the 85 weight.

Noah Duran (80) took sixth at 2-3 with one fall and a 7-6 win to start the tourney before facing tough foes in later rounds.

In seventh were CMS’s Memphis Herndon (140) at 2-2 — each win by pin — and Bad Dog Cyrus Goldsmith (130) at 1-2 with one fall.

Rounding out the placers was CMS’s Tyren Schaefer (105) in eighth at 2-3 with wins of 12-5 and 10-7.

RMN Events will host the Colorado Middle School State Championships and Colorado Elementary Super State Championships March 29 and 30 in Denver.